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How to Condition Hair After Using a Relaxer

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author image Kay Uzoma
Kay Uzoma has been writing professionally since 1999. Her work has appeared in "Reader’s Digest," "Balance," pharmaceutical and natural health newsletters and on websites such as QualityHealth.com. She is a former editor for a national Canadian magazine and holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from York University.
How to Condition Hair After Using a Relaxer
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Chemical relaxers contain potent chemicals to change the structure of your hair and make it straighter. However, the chemicals in these relaxers can also be very damaging to your hair. If your hair is properly relaxed, there won’t be as much damage done to your hair, explains Pamela Ferrell, author of “Let’s Talk Hair.” But improper use of relaxers increases dryness and breakage. That’s where conditioning becomes essential to keeping your hair strong and healthy.

Step 1

How to Condition Hair After Using a Relaxer
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Thoroughly rinse out all traces of neutralizing shampoo before applying the conditioner.

Step 2

How to Condition Hair After Using a Relaxer
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Use a conditioner or masque specifically for relaxed hair. Apply the conditioner, and ensure that all of your hair is coated from the roots to the tips.

Step 3

How to Condition Hair After Using a Relaxer
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Let the conditioner sit on your hair for the recommended amount of time. Each conditioner requires a different amount of time for application. You can also vary the application time based on whether you want a light conditioning treatment of about five to seven minutes or a deep conditioning treatment of up to 45 minutes.

Step 4

How to Condition Hair After Using a Relaxer
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Use heat to speed up a deep conditioning treatment, if you’re doing one. Put on a plastic cap to cover your hair, then wrap a thick towel around it for about 15 to 25 minutes. Alternatively, put on a plastic cap and sit under a hair dryer at medium heat for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 5

How to Condition Hair After Using a Relaxer
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Rinse the conditioner thoroughly from your hair.

Step 6

How to Condition Hair After Using a Relaxer
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Apply a leave-in conditioner for extra nourishment and strengthening. Seal in the moisture by applying a natural oil to your hair such as jojoba, sage, rosemary or olive oil.

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